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Almo Professional A/V Named Top Distributor and Employer

Almo Professional A/V Named Top Distributor and Employer

rAVe Pro Survey Names Almo “Most Used and Favorite” Distributor;
Almo Corporation Listed as a Top Workplace in Philadelphia

Philadelphia, PA — March 20, 2013 — The results are in and Almo Professional A/V, the nation’s fastest growing audiovisual distributor, has been named the “Most Used and Favorite Distributor” following the results of a survey conducted by rAVe Pro, an opinionated news organization providing news and commentary. Parent company, Almo Corporation, has also been selected as one of the Philly.com 2013 Top Workplaces in Philadelphia.

The rAVe survey was sent to readers of the rAVe ProAV edition and received over 4200 responses. Results showed that of the 93 percent of AV dealers and integrators who buy from distributors regularly, Almo Pro A/V not only was voted the “most used” distribution company, but also ranked as the favorite.

“To see that the nation’s AV resellers, integrators and consultants are choosing Almo Pro A/V first confirms that our formula for taking care of our partners’ distribution requirements works — we truly care about their success,” explained Warren Chaiken, president and COO for Almo Corporation. “We have assembled a high caliber team of sales, business development and marketing talent while aligning with a carefully selected group of manufacturers. We augment this with the most in-depth training and education programs available to continually help our partners boost their businesses and stay profitable.”

According to Gary Kayye, founder of rAVe Publications, “The results of the survey speak for themselves. Integrators notice when distributors are focused on them verses making AV just part of a giant product offering or as an ‘oh, by the way, we do AV too’ approach to distribution.”

The Philly.com Top Workplaces are determined based solely on employee feedback. The employee survey is conducted by WorkplaceDynamics, LLP, a leading research firm on organizational health and employee engagement. Almo Corporation is one of 100 companies in the Philadelphia region selected for the 2013 Top Workplaces award.
“It is a great honor for Almo Corporation to win this award, but to me it is not a surprise,” said Sam Taylor, executive vice president and COO for Almo Professional A/V. “Gene and Warren Chaiken treat their employees like an extended family. They have a created a workplace where people enjoy coming to work and love the company they are working for. People come to work for Almo and they stay because of the positive business environment.”
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About Almo Professional A/V
Almo Professional A/V is the nation’s fastest growing distributor serving the needs of professional audiovisual integrators, dealers and consultants. With a highly skilled sales team, reseller education programs, 10 distribution centers across the U.S. and product lines for the Pro A/V channel, Almo Professional A/V provides customers with the full distribution experience on a local and a personal level. Almo Professional A/V is a division of Almo Corp., the nation’s leading independent distributor of consumer electronics and major appliances. For more information about Almo Professional A/V, please call 410-560-2890 or go to www.almoproav.com. Almo Professional A/V can also be followed on Twitter at http://twitter.com/almoproav and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/almoproav.

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Almo Professional A/V Debuts New Exhibitors and Products at E4 Chicago on March 28

Almo Professional A/V Debuts New Exhibitors
and Products At E4 Chicago on March 28

Last Call to Register; 32 Carefully Selected Exhibiting Manufacturers, New Product Sneak Peeks; 12 Educational Sessions All Worth InfoComm CTS RUs

Philadelphia, PA — March 18, 2013 — Less than two weeks away, Almo Professional A/V, the nation’s fastest growing audiovisual distributor, in partnership with InfoComm International, today revealed details about new exhibiting manufacturers and product launches taking place at its first E4 AV training and networking event of the year. Registration is still open for E4 Chicago on March 28, which will feature 32 carefully selected manufacturing partners, hundreds of new products — including many InfoComm 2013 previews — and 12 educational sessions, all worth InfoComm CTS Renewal Units (RUs).

To learn more details about E4 Chicago, view this recent interview with Melody Craigmyle, vice president of marketing for Almo Professional A/V.

The newest exhibiting manufacturers and their product highlights include:

• New! Elo Touch Systems, supplier of touch-enabled products is unveiling the 4201 42-inch touch display with an integrated PC and bringing its new 70-inch Multi-Touch Interactive Digital Signage Display.

• New! Hiperwall, producer of high-performance, low-cost videowall software that can display a wide variety of content with unmatched speed, flexibility and functionality in extremely high resolution, is exhibiting in partnership with NEC Solutions and Premier Mounts to show a complete videowall solution.

• New! Peerless AV, is hosting a virtual Slam Dunk contest with its fully integrated kiosk solution that includes a 90-inch Sharp Professional display, integrated audio, Xbox Kinect and software program that simulates a slam dunk contest. Peerless will also demo its HD Flow wireless transmission solutions.

• New! TouchSystems, provider of touch-enabled monitors, kiosks and displays, is bringing a 55-inch Multi-Touch Monitor with multi-user capability, which encourages collaboration and interactivity. It is being shown on a Peerless stand/mount and is powered by Sherlock Systems Media Players.

• New! Rane Corporation, an established provider of problem-solving pro audio tools, affordably priced with unequalled reliability and customer service, is showcasing its newest audio technology, the HAL System, an open-architecture DSP product for expert room combining, paging and distributed audio systems for meeting and classrooms, hotels, retail, conference centers and restaurants.

• New! Samsung Hospitality, provider of the 26-inch to 55-inch, all-LED line of televisions for the hospitality industry, is showing televisions with Pro:Idiom, an encryption technology which securely delivers HD and video-on-demand signals without the need for a set top box in each room to protect content from piracy.

Other new products being shown during E4 Chicago:

• Sharp’s 32-inch 4K LCD Ultra High Definition Display with 3,840 x 2,160-pixel resolution.

• Planar’s UltraLux 80-inch display with a zero bezel, infinity edge-to-edge glass design configured for multiple solutions within digital signage applications.

• Samsung’s UE55C with the System on Chip (SoC), which eliminates the need for a PC to play back content by running on an embedded chip within the display.

The Samsung booth will feature special guest Raffi Vartian, COO of SignageLive, a cloud-based media delivery and support company, who will demonstrate the new Samsung SoC technology. Additionally, Samsung will hold hourly demos of the Samsung Smart School Solution, a fully integrated, interactive learning platform that empowers educators and helps re-engage K-12 students with Samsung GALAXY Note 10.1 tablets and interactive whiteboard displays. During E4 Chicago, Samsung will also give away a Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet.

E4 Chicago Details
E4 Chicago is on March 28 at the Oakbrook Drury Lane Conference Center and runs from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. It is an entirely free event, including parking, for Almo Pro A/V’s reseller, integrator and consultant partners. To register, go to www.e4avtour.com. The E4 AV program can be accessed on demand during and after each event for instructor videos, copies of the course presentations and live Twitter updates.

About the E4 AV Tour
Launched in December 2009, The E4 AV tour is a free, full-day program with an intense educational focus that allows partners to earn valuable InfoComm International CTS RUs while networking with the industry’s top manufacturers. For more information, go to www.e4avtour.com.

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About InfoComm International
InfoComm International® is the international trade association representing the professional audiovisual and information communications industries. Established in 1939, InfoComm has more than 5,000 members, including manufacturers, systems integrators, dealers and distributors, independent consultants, programmers, rental and staging companies, end-users and multimedia professionals from more than 80 countries. InfoComm International is the leading resource for AV standards, market research and news. Its training, certification and education programs set a standard of excellence for AV professionals. InfoComm International is the founder of InfoComm, the largest annual conference and exhibition for AV buyers and sellers worldwide. InfoComm also produces trade shows in Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and China. Additional information is available at www.infocomm.org.

About Almo Professional A/V
Almo Professional A/V is the nation’s fastest growing distributor serving the needs of professional audiovisual integrators, dealers and consultants. With a highly skilled sales team, reseller education programs, 10 distribution centers across the U.S. and product lines for the Pro A/V channel, Almo Professional A/V provides customers with the full distribution experience on a local and a personal level.

The Almo Professional A/V sales team is InfoComm-trained and the majority is CTS-certified. Almo Professional A/V has aligned with InfoComm International to offer courses worth CTS renewal units that enable partners to stay ahead. At the same time, the division works with industry vendors to bring live and online product training opportunities directly to channel partners.

Almo Professional A/V is a division of Almo Corp., the nation’s leading independent distributor of consumer electronics and major appliances. For more information about Almo Professional A/V, please call 410-560-2890 or go to www.almoproav.com. Almo Professional A/V can also be followed on Twitter at http://twitter.com/almoproav and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/almoproav.

*All product and company names herein may be trademarks of their registered owners.

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Almo Professional A/V Hosts Five AV Snacks in March

Almo Professional A/V Hosts Five AV Snacks in March

Engaging 15-Minute Webinars Held Every Friday; March Theme is Higher Education; Hosted by Almo and Led by Chief, Canon, C2G, Hitachi and Mitsubishi

Philadelphia, PA — March 6, 2013 — Almo Professional A/V, the nation’s fastest growing audiovisual distributor, has begun its weekly interactive mini-webinar series “AV Snacks” for March, which focuses on the theme of Higher Education. AV Snacks are designed to provide relevant industry trends, application examples and more to busy AV professionals, presented in a 15-minute snack-style webinar format every Friday at 2:00 p.m. E.S.T. The March schedule includes information from Chief, Canon, C2G, Hitachi and Mitsubishi.

The sessions offer a “taste” of a particular topic each week in a format that is lively and engaging, with a five-question quiz that attendees can take to earn specific prizes. The following mini-webinars are in place for March:

Theme: Higher Education

3/1 Chief: “Transform Rooms with Interactive Ingredients” (Available On Demand)
Research shows that presentations conducted with interactive technology enhance audience engagement and retention, encourage participation, and deepen the overall learning experience.
Chief’s new interactive AV solutions make integrating interactive technology easy. This revolutionary range of tools combines Chief’s industry-leading mounts with interactive eBeam™ technology from Luidia, Inc., instantly transforming existing projectors and displays into dynamic, interactive platforms. Adding to Chiefs capabilities is the DaLite IDEA (Interactive Dry Erase Application) Screen, which offers its own revolutionary dual-purpose projection screen and writable marker board combination.
Prize: Chief Road Show T-Shirt

3/8 Canon Projectors: “Image Quality as the Main Ingredient”
Putting together a projection system is all about the picture, both in size and quality. There are several different variables, the least of which is the projector itself. With the focus on cheap lumens in many of today’s projector lines, has image quality been taken off the table? Canon’s focus on lens construction, light path engineering, and superior LCoS technology provides the best image you can get on screen. Join us to learn how Canon projectors make a difference in education environments.
Prize: iTunes Gift Card
Register

3/15 C2G: “Video Walls: Transition from Analog to Digital Video”
Learn how digital video is eating up the higher education space. Utilizing C2G’s AOC technology, you’ll provide optimum performance every time. With many options to choose from, AOC technology has enticing features that will make you come back for seconds!
Prize: Starbucks Gift Card
Register

3/22 Hitachi: “A Wireless Four Course Meal”
Have you heard of educators struggling to integrate books, video, internet all into one lecture? With Hitachi, effortlessly switch between your devices from one system that can be controlled from a single source (i.e. iPad). Better yet, with a contacted wireless document camera, you can also incorporate in-person supplements to the lecture. From beginning to end, Hitachi makes it easy to serve you a four course meal!
Prize: Gift Card
Register

3/29 Mitsubishi: “Serving Brilliant Color & Seamless Excellence”
Provide quality and service with Mitsubishi’s 7000 and 8000 series projector models. Perfect for lecture centers and large rooms, the image quality is as sharp as a knife. Even simple text from a PC to a Blu-Ray DVD, the clarity is unmatched. See how we’ve transformed spaces that will be sure to leave your mouth watering for more!
Prize: Almo Drawstring Backpack
Register

All of the AV Snacks sessions are recorded and archived for access after they run. AV Snacks is the latest program in Almo Professional A/V’s extensive line up of industry education and training resources for its partners. Other ongoing programs include full-length webinars, streaming Tech Tips and the company’s popular traveling E4 AV Tour, which is a free one-day program with an intense educational focus that allows partners to earn valuable InfoComm International CTS RUs while networking with the industry’s top manufacturers.

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About Almo Professional A/V
Almo Professional A/V is the nation’s fastest growing distributor serving the needs of professional audiovisual integrators, dealers and consultants. With a highly skilled sales team, reseller education programs, 10 distribution centers across the U.S. and product lines for the Pro A/V channel, Almo Professional A/V provides customers with the full distribution experience on a local and a personal level. Almo Professional A/V is a division of Almo Corp., the nation’s leading independent distributor of consumer electronics and major appliances. For more information about Almo Professional A/V, please call 410-560-2890 or go to www.almoproav.com. Almo Professional A/V can also be followed on Twitter at http://twitter.com/almoproav and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/almoproav.

*All product and company names herein may be trademarks of their registered owners.

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Almo Professional A/V Offers Elo Touch Systems

Almo Professional A/V Offers Elo Touch Systems

New Distribution Agreement Focuses on Interactive Digital Signage Applications

DIGITAL SIGNAGE EXPO (DSE), LAS VEGAS, NV — February 26, 2013 — Almo Professional A/V (Booth #1251), the nation’s fastest growing audiovisual distributor, today announced a new distribution agreement with Elo Touch Solutions, a premier global supplier of touch-enabled Interactive Digital Signage (IDS) technology. As a result, Almo Pro A/V reseller partners now have access to Elo’s touch interactive experiences in screen sizes ranging from 7 inches to 70 inches. Almo will show attendees how to make brand experiences interactive by experiencing streamlined distribution on a personal level during DSE 2013, Feb. 26-28, at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

“The Elo team is excited to engage with the Almo digital signage thought leaders and certified Pro A/V technology experts,” said Craig Witsoe, CEO, Elo Touch Solutions. “Together we will help resellers and end-users realize the possibilities for digital signage to help education, government, hospitality, healthcare, and retail organizations enhance their audience experience and optimize communications efficiency.”

“Our resellers are experiencing increasing demand for large format touch-enabled displays,” explained Sam Taylor, executive vice president and COO for Almo Professional A/V. “We’re partnering with Elo Touch Solutions because they provide a broad portfolio of screen sizes and touch technologies our resellers can incorporate into their projects with the service and support to back Elo’s innovative products.”

Elo Interactive Digital Signage
Elo IDS displays are designed to provide reliable performance in challenging public environments with a durable steel chassis and tempered pure glass. Multi-touch and gesture support enable intuitive touch with a finger, gloved hand, prosthetic, stylus, credit card, and/or pen. Optional, slide-in computing modules feature Intel® Core™ i3 or i5 processors to enable the IDS to become an integrated all-in-one unit with simplified installation and maintenance. The Elo IDS also supports the Intel Open Pluggable Specification (OPS) to integrate with other OPS-compliant computing modules.

Attendees at DSE 2013 can interact with the Elo 42-inch Interactive Digital Sign in the Almo Professional A/V Booth #1251, which will feature examples of retail and healthcare applications.

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About Almo Professional A/V
Almo Professional A/V is the nation’s fastest growing distributor serving the needs of professional audiovisual integrators, dealers and consultants. With a highly skilled sales team, reseller education programs, 10 distribution centers across the U.S. and product lines for the Pro A/V channel, Almo Professional A/V provides customers with the full distribution experience on a local and a personal level.

The Almo Professional A/V sales team is InfoComm-trained and the majority is CTS-certified. Almo Professional A/V has aligned with InfoComm International to offer courses worth CTS renewal units that enable partners to stay ahead. At the same time, the division works with industry vendors to bring live and online product training opportunities directly to channel partners.

Almo Professional A/V is a division of Almo Corp., the nation’s leading independent distributor of consumer electronics and major appliances. For more information about Almo Professional A/V, please call 410-560-2890 or go to www.almoproav.com. Almo Professional A/V can also be followed on Twitter at http://twitter.com/almoproav and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/almoproav.

About Elo Touch Solutions
Elo Touch Solutions is a leading global supplier of touch-enabled technology, products and industry solutions. The Elo portfolio encompasses the broadest selection of OEM touch screen components, touch monitors, and all-in-one touch computers for the demanding requirements of diverse markets, including gaming machines, hospitality systems, industrial automation, interactive kiosks, healthcare, office equipment, point of sale terminals, retail displays, and transportation applications. Since Elo founders pioneered the touch screen over 40 years ago, the Elo touch experience has consistently stood for quality, reliability and innovation. For more information on Elo products and services, please call 800-ELO-TOUCH, visit us on the web at www.elotouch.com or direct email inquiries to elosales@elotouch.com.

*All product and company names herein may be trademarks of their registered owners.

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Almo Professional A/V Shows How to Excel in Digital Signage with Video Walls at DSE 2013

Almo Professional A/V Shows How to Excel in Digital Signage with Video Walls at DSE 2013

Almo Booth Showcases a Variety of Powerful Video Wall Solutions Combined with
Single Source Purchasing and Specialized Technical Support for Digital Signage

Philadelphia, PA — February 25, 2013 — Almo Professional A/V (DSE 2013 Booth #1251) the nation’s fastest growing audiovisual distributor, is demonstrating how to advance in digital signage using simplified video walls to display powerful written, video and other media messages. This week at DSE 2013, Almo Pro A/V is showing off the newest digital signage products and systems for video walls, the advantages of streamlined purchasing through one source, and its top notch technical expertise as the only distributor to offer a fleet of five Business Development Managers specializing in digital signage.

“Video walls is a top growth area for the digital signage industry, however, for many integrators, there remains a lot questions about how to make all the pieces of an installation work together,” explained Sam Taylor, executive vice president and COO for Almo Professional A/V. “We’ve focused our DSE 2013 booth around all the components needed to create video walls that aren’t highly complex. Not only can our partners streamline their purchasing by working through one source, they can also design completely customized video walls for their installs by working with Almo’s expert team of Business Development Managers.”

According to Taylor, Almo’s DSE 2013 booth theme, “The Writing is on the Wall,” reflects how resellers, integrators and consultants can partner with Almo to create successful and profitable digital signage video wall displays. Almo is showcasing a variety of video wall examples from top manufacturers at DSE 2013, including a 47-inch HD LED video wall from LG, a NanoFlex flexible display from NanoLumens, a 55-inch Clarity Matrix video wall from Planar, a 4K ultra high-definition display from Sharp Professional and an outdoor display from SunBrite TV, all powered by the newest media players from BrightSign. The latest video wall carts from Chief and other touch displays, standalone digital signage systems and more will also be shown in the Almo booth.

Almo’s Melody Craigmyle, vice president of marketing, will lead the educational course “In-House or Outsource: When and How to Partner for Success in your Digital Signage Business” on Wed., Feb. 27 from 1:30-2:30 p.m. This course is dedicated to understanding digital signage partnerships and helping an integrator or installer discover what they need to outsource and what needs to remain in-house. It will touch on profitability and show that partnerships can be entered into in a win/win approach relative to risk abatement and profitability.

Almo Professional AV simplifies the digital signage process: its staff is 100 percent DSCE certified and InfoComm-trained. The company has seven highly automated distribution centers across the nation, one-to-two day shipping and more than one million square feet of warehousing space.

Almo is the only distributor with a team of Business Development Managers who provide highly specialized system design support, all with a vertical market focus on digital signage. Combined with 35 carefully selected manufacturers, Almo gives resellers and integrators access to a host of commercial and consumer products and services for digital signage installs. To support these products and services, Almo offers the most in-depth training and education programs available, such as E4 AV Tour of traveling networking and training events, regular ongoing webinars, weekly “AV Snacks” mini-webinars, streaming Tech Tips, podcasts and programs like the Almo EDGE distributor rewards to help partners earn points toward training programs worth InfoComm CTS Renewal Units.

About the E4 AV Tour
Almo will also offer the opportunity for its partners visiting the booth to register for the upcoming E4 AV training and networking tour. Starting this spring, 100 percent of the educational courses on the 2013 tour are worth InfoComm CTS Renewal Units (RUs). The E4 AV tour will visit Chicago on March 28 and San Francisco on April 25.

Launched in December 2009, The E4 AV tour is a free, full-day program with an intense educational focus that allows partners to earn valuable InfoComm International CTS RUs while networking with the industry’s top manufacturers. For more information, go to www.e4avtour.com.

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About Almo Professional A/V
Almo Professional A/V is the nation’s fastest growing distributor serving the needs of professional audiovisual integrators, dealers and consultants. With a highly skilled sales team, reseller education programs, 10 distribution centers across the U.S. and product lines for the Pro A/V channel, Almo Professional A/V provides customers with the full distribution experience on a local and a personal level.

The Almo Professional A/V sales team is InfoComm-trained and the majority is CTS-certified. Almo Professional A/V has aligned with InfoComm International to offer courses worth CTS renewal units that enable partners to stay ahead. At the same time, the division works with industry vendors to bring live and online product training opportunities directly to channel partners.

Almo Professional A/V is a division of Almo Corp., the nation’s leading independent distributor of consumer electronics and major appliances. For more information about Almo Professional A/V, please call 410-560-2890 or go to www.almoproav.com. Almo Professional A/V can also be followed on Twitter at http://twitter.com/almoproav and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/almoproav.

*All product and company names herein may be trademarks of their registered owners.

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Almo Professional A/V Announces 100 Percent of E4 2013 Educational Courses Worth InfoComm CTS RUs

Almo Professional A/V Announces 100 Percent of E4 2013 Educational Courses Worth InfoComm CTS RUs

Registration Open for Spring E4s in Chicago and San Francisco; 30 Exhibiting Vendors with New Products; Demo of Samsung’s New Smart School Solution

Philadelphia, PA — February 19, 2013 — Almo Professional A/V, the nation’s fastest growing audiovisual distributor, in partnership with InfoComm International, today announced that all 12 of its educational courses on the 2013 E4 AV training and networking tour are now worth InfoComm CTS Renewal Units (RUs). Registration is open for the first two E4 events of the year, taking place in Chicago on March 28 and San Francisco on April 25.

“As we enter our fourth year of traveling around the country for the E4 AV tour, our mission remains the same: to offer our partner community local access to free educational training so they may get the business, technical and practical knowledge they need to lead their companies in the right direction,” according to Melody Craigmyle, vice president of marketing for Almo Professional A/V. “We are reaffirming this mission and taking it a step further by making every one of our courses worth CTS renewal units. With a keynote and classes running on three different tracks throughout the day, attendees will walk away from any session at this influential event with new information as well as professional AV credit.”

The events will feature hundreds of products from more than 30 carefully selected manufacturers, including AMX, Canon, Chief, Hitachi, Mitsubishi, NEC, LG, Panasonic, Planar, Premier Mounts, Samsung, ZeeVee and more. The spring E4 tour will provide a rare opportunity for attendees to have a sneak peek at new products that will be officially unveiled at the InfoComm show in Orlando in June.

E4 Chicago will include hourly 30-minute demos of the new Samsung Smart School Solution, a fully integrated, interactive learning platform that empowers educators and helps re-engage K12 students with Samsung GALAXY Note 10.1 tablets and interactive whiteboard displays. The Smart School Solution provides teachers with the ability to lead interactive lessons and real-time group activities through its convenient screen and content sharing features while delivering learning management tools that enable students to access course materials and information, as well as school notices and forums, through their tablets.

Gary Kayye, founder of rAVe Publications, will kick off E4 with a keynote address based on his popular “Kayye’s Krystal Ball” annual column that outlines industry trends affecting resellers, manufacturers and integrators. The full Chicago E4 educational schedule will be broken down into the following tracks to help attendees navigate their way through the day:

Emerging Technology:
• Predicting A/V Futures with Kayye’s Krystal Ball LIVE (1 CTS RU)
Gary Kayye, rAVe Publications
• Assessing Network Readiness for AV Systems (1.5 CTS RU)
Paul Streffon, InfoComm International
• Digital Signage 201 for Integrators (1 CTS RU)
Gary Kayye, rAVe
• Designing for Optimum Image Quality (1 CTS RU)
Paul Streffon, InfoComm International

Technical Knowledge:
• An Overview of Interactive Display Technology and Application (1 CTS RU)
Brian Minchew, C2G
• Video Walls: A Start to Finish Guide for Success (1 CTS RU)
Dave Gentile, NEC Display
• Managing and Troubleshooting HDCP (1 CTS RU)
Melissa Dillman, Kramer Electronics
• HD Video & Digital Signage Distribution Over Simple Coax (1 CTS RU)
Roy Bertlalotto, ZeeVee

Business Savvy:
• How to Play in the IT Sandbox with A/V Installations (1 CTS RU)
Jonathon Brawn, Brawn Consulting
• Integration of the Mobile Device in AV (1 CTS RU)
Alan Brawn and Jonathan Brawn, Brawn Consulting
• Connectivity Buzzwords Decoded (1 CTS RU)
Alan Brawn and Jonathan Brawn, Brawn Consulting
• The Inside Track on Displays: Fact Not Fiction (1 CTS RU)
Alan Brawn and Jonathan Brawn, Brawn Consulting
E4 Chicago is on March 28 at the Oakbrook Drury Lane Conference Center and E4 San Francisco is on April 25 at the South San Francisco Conference Center. Both run from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and are entirely free, including parking, to Almo Pro A/V’s reseller, integrator and consultant partners. To register, go to www.e4avtour.com. The E4 AV program can be accessed on demand during and after each event for instructor videos, copies of the course presentations and live Twitter updates.
About the E4 AV Tour
Launched in December 2009, The E4 AV tour is a free, full-day program with an intense educational focus that allows partners to earn valuable InfoComm International CTS RUs while networking with the industry’s top manufacturers. For more information, go to www.e4avtour.com.

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About InfoComm International
InfoComm International® is the international trade association representing the professional audiovisual and information communications industries. Established in 1939, InfoComm has more than 5,000 members, including manufacturers, systems integrators, dealers and distributors, independent consultants, programmers, rental and staging companies, end-users and multimedia professionals from more than 80 countries. InfoComm International is the leading resource for AV standards, market research and news. Its training, certification and education programs set a standard of excellence for AV professionals. InfoComm International is the founder of InfoComm, the largest annual conference and exhibition for AV buyers and sellers worldwide. InfoComm also produces trade shows in Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and China. Additional information is available at www.infocomm.org.

About Almo Professional A/V
Almo Professional A/V is the nation’s fastest growing distributor serving the needs of professional audiovisual integrators, dealers and consultants. With a highly skilled sales team, reseller education programs, 10 distribution centers across the U.S. and product lines for the Pro A/V channel, Almo Professional A/V provides customers with the full distribution experience on a local and a personal level.

The Almo Professional A/V sales team is InfoComm-trained and the majority is CTS-certified. Almo Professional A/V has aligned with InfoComm International to offer courses worth CTS renewal units that enable partners to stay ahead. At the same time, the division works with industry vendors to bring live and online product training opportunities directly to channel partners.

Almo Professional A/V is a division of Almo Corp., the nation’s leading independent distributor of consumer electronics and major appliances. For more information about Almo Professional A/V, please call 410-560-2890 or go to www.almoproav.com. Almo Professional A/V can also be followed on Twitter at http://twitter.com/almoproav and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/almoproav.

*All product and company names herein may be trademarks of their registered owners.

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Almo Professional A/V Reveals Four Sweet “AV Snacks” For February

Almo Professional A/V Reveals Four Sweet “AV Snacks” For February

Engaging 15-Minute Webinars Held Every Friday; February Theme is Video Walls; Hosted by Almo and Led by Planar, Hiperwall, Samsung and Sharp

Philadelphia, PA — January 31, 2013 — Almo Professional A/V, the nation’s fastest growing audiovisual distributor, today revealed the February line up for its weekly interactive mini-webinar series “AV Snacks”, which will focus on the topic of video walls. AV Snacks are designed to provide relevant industry trends, application examples and more to busy AV professionals, presented in a 15-minute snack-style webinar format every Friday at 2:00 p.m. E.S.T. This month’s line up will include information from Planar, Hiperwall, Samsung and Sharp.

The sessions offer a “taste” of a particular topic each week in a format that is lively and engaging, with a five-question quiz that attendees can take to earn specific prizes. The following mini-webinars are in place for February:

Theme: Video Walls

2/1 Planar: “The Only ADA-Compliant Video Wall”
Planar’s Clarity Matrix LCD video wall system is the only one that meets the stringent ADA requirements. Learn how the Clarity Matrix and other Planar products meet ADA goals and see how they’ve been installed around the country.
Prize: Starbucks gift card
Register

2/8 Hiperwall: “Video Wall Processing 101”
Hiperwall software makes it simple to build high performance, scalable video walls from ordinary computers, ordinary monitors and an ordinary LAN. It’s as easy as moving and resizing windows on the desktop of a personal computer. See how it works!
Prize: Hiperwall Multi-Tool
Register

2/15 Samsung: “Video Walls: Getting the Bigger Picture”
Video walls give the ability to create larger displays and unusual shapes and arrangements that are definitely eye catching. Join this webinar for a bite-sized look at Samsung video wall technology and how it can make “your” image a lot bigger!
Prize: Samsung Mini Optical Mouse
Register

2/22 Sharp: “Soup to Nuts: How to Cook Up an Enticing Video Wall”
Learn all the components needed to create a video wall, from cables to displays to content. Learn the questions to ask when specifying the next video wall, plus get motivated with real examples!
Prize: iTunes gift card.
Register

All of the AV Snacks sessions are recorded and archived for access after they run. AV Snacks is the latest program in Almo Professional A/V’s extensive line up of industry education and training resources for its partners. Other ongoing programs include full-length webinars, streaming Tech Tips and the company’s popular traveling E4 AV Tour, which is a free one-day program with an intense educational focus that allows partners to earn valuable InfoComm International CTS RUs while networking with the industry’s top manufacturers.

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About Almo Professional A/V
Almo Professional A/V is the nation’s fastest growing distributor serving the needs of professional audiovisual integrators, dealers and consultants. With a highly skilled sales team, reseller education programs, 10 distribution centers across the U.S. and product lines for the Pro A/V channel, Almo Professional A/V provides customers with the full distribution experience on a local and a personal level. Almo Professional A/V is a division of Almo Corp., the nation’s leading independent distributor of consumer electronics and major appliances. For more information about Almo Professional A/V, please call 410-560-2890 or go to www.almoproav.com. Almo Professional A/V can also be followed on Twitter at http://twitter.com/almoproav and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/almoproav.

*All product and company names herein may be trademarks of their registered owners.

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Almo Professional A/V’s “AV Snacks” Monthly Mini Webinar Series Resumes on January 4

Almo Professional A/V’s “AV Snacks” Monthly Mini Webinar Series Resumes on January 4

Engaging 15-Minute Webinars Held Every Friday; January Theme is Corporate Boardrooms; Hosted by Almo and Led by AMX, TrippLite, Hitachi and Sharp

Philadelphia, PA — January 3, 2013 — Almo Professional A/V, the nation’s fastest growing audiovisual distributor, is resuming its interactive mini-webinar series “AV Snacks” on Friday, January 4 with a focus on corporate boardrooms. Created last year to provide relevant industry trends, application examples and more to busy AV professionals, this month’s15-minute snack-style webinars, which take place every Friday at 2:00 p.m. E.T., will include succinct and upbeat information from AMX, TrippLite, Hitachi and Sharp.

The sessions are designed to provide a “taste” of a particular topic each week in a format that is lively and engaging, with a five-question quiz that attendees can take to earn specific prizes .The following mini-webinars are in place for January:

Theme: Corporate Boardrooms

1/4 AMX: “Are You Still Programming Standard Meeting Rooms?”
Discover how AMX’s RPM configuration software eliminates programming costs with a quick, comprehensive software configuration tool that’s easy to use.
Prize: Starbucks gift card
Register

1/11 TrippLite: “Power Management Design in Boardrooms”
Learn how TrippLite’s suite of power management solutions can provide effective power management and optimize system performance and longevity.
Prize: 4-foot Cat5e retractable patch cable & hook-and-loop Velcro cable ties
Register

1/18 Hitachi: “Who Wants to Take Meeting Notes?”
Not us! Learn how StarBoard software can make any display device into an interactive presentation tool. Annotate on the screen to gather input from your colleagues for a comprehensive, collaborative environment.
Prize: Touch Stylus for iPad/iPhone
Register

1/25 Sharp: “Anatomy of an Interactive Professional Display”
Come and touch the knowledge, and learn why Sharp is the leader with its Aquos Board products if you dare…
Prize: Amazon gift card
Register

All of the AV Snacks sessions are recorded and archived for access after they run. AV Snacks is the latest program in Almo Professional A/V’s extensive line up of industry education and training resources for its partners. Other ongoing programs include full-length webinars, streaming Tech Tips and the company’s popular traveling E4 AV Tour, which is a free one-day program with an intense educational focus that allows partners to earn valuable InfoComm International CTS RUs while networking with the industry’s top manufacturers.

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About Almo Professional A/V
Almo Professional A/V is the nation’s fastest growing distributor serving the needs of professional audiovisual integrators, dealers and consultants. With a highly skilled sales team, reseller education programs, 10 distribution centers across the U.S. and product lines for the Pro A/V channel, Almo Professional A/V provides customers with the full distribution experience on a local and a personal level. Almo Professional A/V is a division of Almo Corp., the nation’s leading independent distributor of consumer electronics and major appliances. For more information about Almo Professional A/V, please call 410-560-2890 or go to www.almoproav.com. Almo Professional A/V can also be followed on Twitter at http://twitter.com/almoproav and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/almoproav.

*All product and company names herein may be trademarks of their registered owners.

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USAV Names Almo Professional A/V Preferred Manufacturer Partner

USAV Names Almo Professional A/V Preferred Manufacturer Partner

Philadelphia, PA — December 17, 2012 — USAV, an association of leading professional audiovisual integrators, announced today that it has named Almo Professional A/V, the nation’s fastest growing audiovisual distributor, the newest USAV Preferred Manufacturer Partner, effective January 1, 2013. As such, USAV’s national alliance of members now have access to Almo Pro A/V’s professional product lines, highly skilled sales team and business development managers, distribution centers, and education programs.

“We highly value the relationships we have with our suppliers and don’t take the addition of new partners lightly,” said USAV Founder and CFO Chris Whitley, “Almo is a strong player in the Pro A/V market and the company nicely complements the USAV Preferred Manufacturer Partner lineup. We are excited for this new program and are confident it will be advantageous to everyone involved.”
“We have always valued our partnership with Almo Professional A/V,” said Timothy Hennen, IVCi senior vice president of AV Integrated Services and USAV member. “From day one Almo has connected with us on a personal level, providing IVCi with no-hassle access to several top professional AV product lines. Having Almo on board as a USAV Preferred Manufacturer Partner is certain to bring great benefit to all USAV’s integrators.”
According to Sam Taylor, EVP/COO for Almo Professional A/V, “The USAV Preferred Manufacturer Partner program is made up of a selective group of suppliers that can best serve the growth needs and interests of USAV’s elite integrator community and it is a privilege to now be among this leadership. We are confident that our product offering and access, brand-specific business development managers, CTS certified sales team and multitude of marketing and education programs will provide valuable business opportunities for USAV members.”
USAV will have access to the entire Almo Pro A/V line card of 30 strategic manufacturers including some lines exclusive to Almo in the program including ComQi, Key Digital, NanoLumens, Panasonic Displays, Panasonic Projectors, Panasonic Broadcast, QSC, SunbriteTV, ZeeVee and the consumer product lines for Panasonic, Samsung and Sharp.
USAV supports ProAV dealers with two levels of membership. The USAV buying group provides preferred pricing and cash rebates for members buying product from USAV Preferred Manufacturer Partners. The integration services group provides the same purchasing power, and also gives members the opportunity to participate in meetings where executives from USAV integration companies collaborate on business strategy, best practices, and market dominance.
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About USAV USAV is the definitive alliance of ProAV integrators delivering ProAV solutions across the United States. The company, headquartered in Denver, has dealers throughout the country. Each dealer is dedicated to designing, sourcing, implementing, and supporting commercial ProAV projects. Founded in 2001, USAV Group has attracted leading dealers and manufactures in forming the nation’s premier ProAV team. For more information, visit www.USAVGroup.net.

About Almo Professional A/V
Almo Professional A/V is the nation’s fastest growing distributor serving the needs of professional audiovisual integrators, dealers and consultants. With a highly skilled sales team, reseller education programs, 10 distribution centers across the U.S. and product lines for the Pro A/V channel, Almo Professional A/V provides customers with the full distribution experience on a local and a personal level.

The Almo Professional A/V sales team is InfoComm-trained and the majority is CTS-certified. Almo Professional A/V has aligned with InfoComm International to offer courses worth CTS renewal units that enable partners to stay ahead. At the same time, the division works with industry vendors to bring live and online product training opportunities directly to channel partners.

Almo Professional A/V is a division of Almo Corp., the nation’s leading independent distributor of consumer electronics and major appliances. For more information about Almo Professional A/V, please call 410-560-2890 or go to www.almoproav.com. Almo Professional A/V can also be followed on Twitter at http://twitter.com/almoproav and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/almoproav.

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Almo Professional A/V Expands Sales and Marketing Teams with Four New Professionals

Almo Professional A/V Expands Sales and
Marketing Teams with Four New Professionals

Philadelphia, PA — November 19, 2012 — Almo Professional A/V, the nation’s fastest growing audiovisual distributor, is continuing its growth pattern with the necessary addition of four new professionals, which have recently joined the company’s thriving sales and marketing teams.

“We continue to build our sales and marketing talent with qualified, educated professionals based on the needs of our reseller and integrator customers, which is unusual given the current economic climate,” explained Sam Taylor, executive vice president and COO for Almo Professional A/V. “We are grateful for our customers’ business and, in turn, must give them the support and attention they require to succeed, especially in some of our emerging vertical markets such as healthcare and hospitality.”

• Kyle White, Midwest Territory Manager based in Ohio. She is an award-winning salesperson with 20 years of proven experience in sales, sales management and business planning. Prior to Almo Pro A/V, White was Northern Region Sales Manager and Manager of Trade Marketing at Foundations Healthcare Worldwide. She also held sales positions at Matria Healthcare, Organon USA, Inc. and Medina General Hospital, among other companies. She holds a Masters in Business Administration with an emphasis in Healthcare from Baldwin Wallace College and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Bowling Green State University.

• Randy Robinovitch, West Territory Manager based in Phoenix, AZ. She brings energy and results to her role along with a focus on service and quick response. Previously, she was Territory Sales Manager at American Hotel Register Co. — a 150-year-old distributor — and Accounts Manager for Office Max. She’s also held sales positions at Sprint and Copy Duplicating Products/IKON Office Solutions. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of Minnesota.

• Kelly Marshall, Marketing Manager based in Baltimore, MD. In her role, Marshall handles all aspects of marketing, including working with vendor partners to create customized campaigns. She also coordinates the details pertaining to the distributor’s traveling E4 AV Tour. An experienced marketer, before Almo Pro A/V, Marshall held marketing roles at Data Networks of America, Inc., Custom Direct, LLC and Fishbowl, LLC. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government/Public Policy from Franklin & Marshall College and has received multiple designations in applied project management, marketing and communications.

• Josh Taylor, Sales Administrator, Baltimore, MD. Taylor supports the East Territory sales team and provides general sales support as needed in the region. Before Almo Pro A/V, Taylor was a sales executive at Verizon Wireless. He holds a Masters in Business Administration from Towson University/University of Baltimore and a B.B.A. with a specialization in Marketing from Loyola University Maryland.

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About Almo Professional A/V
Almo Professional A/V is the nation’s fastest growing distributor serving the needs of professional audiovisual integrators, dealers and consultants. With a highly skilled sales team, reseller education programs, 10 distribution centers across the U.S. and product lines for the Pro A/V channel, Almo Professional A/V provides customers with the full distribution experience on a local and a personal level.

The Almo Professional A/V sales team is InfoComm-trained and the majority is CTS-certified. Almo Professional A/V has aligned with InfoComm International to offer courses worth CTS renewal units that enable partners to stay ahead. At the same time, the division works with industry vendors to bring live and online product training opportunities directly to channel partners.

Almo Professional A/V is a division of Almo Corp., the nation’s leading independent distributor of consumer electronics and major appliances. For more information about Almo Professional A/V, please call 410-560-2890 or go to www.almoproav.com. Almo Professional A/V can also be followed on Twitter at http://twitter.com/almoproav and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/almoproav.

*All product and company names herein may be trademarks of their registered owners.

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